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    Smile use of have and had in explanation

    I have won two contests in the past. When I tell this to others, do I say:

    I have won two contests in 2007 and 2008.

    or

    I had won two contests in 2007 and 2008

    Also if it belongs to an organization, how do I say that:

    ABC contestants have won the medals in 2007 and 2008

    or

    ABC contestants had won the medals in 2007 and 2008


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    Re: use of have and had in explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by englishtelugu View Post

    A. I have won two contests in the past. When I tell this to others, do I say:

    1. I have won two contests in 2007 and 2008.

    or

    2. I had won two contests in 2007 and 2008

    We use the present perfect "has/have + PP to talk about the experiences in our lives and this form has contained within it a feeling of "up to now".

    So 1 would be the best choice fore your idea, but to make #1 more clear, to make it say what you said first, in A, you might want to say,

    1a. I have won two contests, one in 2007 and one in 2008.




    Also if it belongs to an organization, how do I say that:

    3. ABC contestants have won the medals in 2007 and 2008

    or

    4. ABC contestants had won the medals in 2007 and 2008
    There's no difference if it's an individual or an organization. Us the present perfect, as in 3.

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